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University and Department introduction to the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter

An online dissemination event for University and Department practitioners in UK higher education institutions.

To support the university and department Athena Swan leads in understanding the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter, Advance HE is hosting an online dissemination event. This webinar will be led by Ruth Gilligan, Assistant Director for Equality Charters, who will be joined by Scott Fleming and Kathryn Gray – both integral members of the Athena Swan Governance Committee. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the transformation of the UK Athena Swan Charter. The event will include: 

  • key features of the transformed Charter;
  • information on how practitioners can begin to transition to the new Charter application materials; 
  • direction on next steps, such as signing up to the revised principles, and supportive provision in the piloting of the departmental culture survey; 
  • an outline of the ongoing provision of support for the sector as new and old members’ transition to the new Charter materials. 

Please note we are no longer taking bookings for this event.

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Click below to read about the key enhancements of the transformed UK Athena Swan Charter.

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Event speakers

You can read more about Scott and Kathryn below.

Professor Scott Fleming

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bishop Grosseteste University

Scott has been working in different roles in the broad area of equality, diversity and inclusion for over 30 years. First, through a research interest in the intersections between gender, class and ethnicity, then in his learning and teaching activity in the sociology of sport, leisure and education, later in leadership and advocacy for gender equality (especially) at senior management level, and most recently through engagement with Athena Swan as Panellist and Panel Chair and as a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.

He has worked in medium-sized modern UK universities with an offer that includes the biomedical sciences, and now leads the academic portfolio at a smaller provider with a history in Initial Teacher Education and Training but with an expanding portfolio in the humanities and the social sciences.

Professor Scott Fleming

Dr Kathryn N Gray

Associate Professor (Reader) Early American Literature, University of Plymouth

Kathryn’s an Associate Professor of English at the University of Plymouth, where she’s strategic lead for EDI in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business. In her role as EDI lead, she’s come to appreciate the different needs and expectations of a gender equality agenda in the different disciplines that are represented across the Faculty.

As part of the Athena Swan’s development, Kathryn’s especially interested in developing strategies to support ongoing cultural change and intersectionality within the HEI sector, especially within AHSSBL. AHSSBL subjects have had a relatively short engagement with Athena Swan, only joining the charter in 2015, and this current process of renewal offers opportunities for mutually beneficial conversations and exchanges between AHSSL and STEM.   

With six years of research management and leadership experience within her discipline, Kathryn’s invested in advancing women’s careers by supporting the development of female researchers and research leaders.

Dr Kathryn N Gray

Are you working on Athena Swan in your University of Department?

Click below to book your place on this dissemination event taking place Friday 30 July 14:00 - 15:30 BST.

We are no longer taking bookings for this event.